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We had football in Chicago last night Youth Kyle Long Jerseys , some of it good, some of it bad, but all of it important in sorting out the roster"The Bear’s Den, August 9, 2019New,132commentsWe had football in Chicago last night, some of it good, some of it bad, but all of it important in sorting out the rosterCDTBEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!BEARRRSSSS?Who impressed and who didn’t in the Bears’ preseason loss to the Panthers - Daily Herald –The Bears lost their preseason opener to the Carolina Panthers, 23-13, but appeared to avoid serious injuries, which is a definite win. And perhaps their biggest offseason addition, David Montgomery, debuted very promisingly, while the process of replacing their biggest offseason subtraction -- kicker Cody Parkey -- started with some early optimism.Why the Bears built their running back room the righ– David Montgomery’s debut went about as well as the Bears could have hoped.Bears Insider Adam Hoge: “As long as the Bears are healthy, they are stacked across the board defensively and are still going to be really good” - WGN Radio – WGN Bears Insider Adam Hoge joins Justin on Extension 720 to preview the Bears first preseason game and to tell us the major storylines we should pay attention to this season.Game Recap: Bears lose preseason opener to Panthers - – With only a few starters seeing limited action Kyle Long Jerseys Stitched , the Bears dropped their preseason opener to the Carolina Panthers 23-13 Thursday night at Soldier Field.Emma: Observations From Bears’ Preseason Opener - 670 The Score – Chicago rested most of its starters as it fell 23-13 to Carolina.Bernstein: What Matters In A Bears Exhibition Game - 670 The Score – Rule No. 1 of the preseason: Don’t let anyone important get hurt.Wiltfong’s Chicago Bears 2019 Projections: Mitchell Trubisky Is Making A Jump Forward - Oddschecker – Are you guys ready for an offensive explosion from the 2019 Chicago Bears? I know I am, but the odds of the Bears’ offense making a jump to the top of the 2019 leader boards is fairly slim. Don’t get me wrong, I’m expecting this group to pick up the pace from a year ago, but if you’re looking for some historically great output, think again.Wiltfong’s Chicago Bears 2019 Projections: How To Divvy Up The Receiving - Oddschecker – When predicting where the 2019 offense of the Chicago Bears will end up I had to start with the man that’s sure to account for most of it, so it’s natural that I kicked things off with quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. In my last article I went part math and part gut to predict that Trubisky would throw for 4,387 yards and 32 touchdowns.Elliott Fry edges Ed – Whomever is looking down from above on the Bears’ kicking derby — and it’s not a traffic helicopter spying on Cody Parkey’s practice tries, we don’t think — has a sense of humor.That’s what they’re talking about: David Montgomery shines in debut - Chicago - it’s only the preseason, but ... Bears’ rookie RB shows a glimpse of his potential impact, with 7-yard TD, 23-yard catch vs. PanthersBears preseason tests patience as city waits for Mitch Trubisky’s breakthrough - Chicago Sun-Times – The upside: Quarterback guru Matt Nagy earned a lot of trust last season.Three takeaways from Bears’ preseason opener vs. Panthers - Chicago Sun-Times – One reason inside linebacker Roquan Smith can be an all-pro this year: new defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano will blitz him more than Vic Fangio did last year.QB Mitch Trubisky starts preseason opener as Bears sit 15 vs. Panthers - Chicago Sun-Times – Bears coach Matt Nagy is resting many of his starters in the first preseason game.Khalil Mack knows. Akiem Hicks knows too. There’s extra urgency and purpose to this Bears season: ‘You don’t always get this chance. So you have to take advantage of it.’ - Chicago Tribune – When the Bears came back together at Halas Hall in April, Matt Nagy had clips of Tiger Woods and the University of Virginia basketball team ready. That was just part of the team's push to find the right head space as they pursue grand goals in 2019.Elliott Fry gets a leg up on Eddy Pineiro in the Bears kicker competition, nailing a 43-yard field goal against the Panthers - Chicago Tribune – The Bears preseason game against the Panthers took the kicking competition to a new level for two players who have never kicked in an NFL regular-season game.Rookie running back David Montgomery gives the Bears — and their fans — a taste of the future in his preseason debut - Chicago Tribune – Most of the Bears key players sat out Thursday's preseason opener against the Panthers. Rookie running back David Montgomery, however, got his first taste of NFL action.Bears rookies David Montgomery, Elliott Fry do their part in preseason loss to Panthers - Chicago Tribun – Sixteen Bears players, including eight defensive starters, are not expected to play against the Panthers on Thursday night in the preseason opener at Soldier Field.Tonight’s Bears preseason game is the 1st for the team’s new mobile-only ticket policy at Soldier Field - Chicago Tribune -– The new requirement reflects a trend among other NFL teams and sports leagues.POLISH SAUSAGEMark Davis unloads on the A’s – ProFootballTalk – Raiders owner Mark Davis did an interview with The Athletic during which he crapped all over the Athletics. The transcript of the session with Vic Tafur contains enough profanity to make Raiders coach Jon Gruden think Youth Anthony Miller Jerseys , “Man, that guy swears a lot.” And Davis directs some of it at the A’s.Adam Gase wins pass interference challenge – ProFootballTalk – Jets coach Adam Gase became the first coach to win a pass interference challenge. Gase threw his red challenge flag on an incomplete pass on third-and-eight with 8:56 remaining in the third quarter.KNOW THINE ENEMYDetroit Lions’ preseason opener marred by injuries, ugly play—lose to Patriots 31-3 - Pride Of Detroit – Providing live updates as the Lions take on the Patriots in the preseason opener.5 takeaways from the Detroit Lions’ preseason loss to the Patriots - Pride Of Detroit – Detroit was clearly outclassed.Packers defense creates havoc in 28-26 win over Texans in preseason opener - Acme Packing Company – It was predictably sloppy for the first week of the preseason, but the Green Bay defense took the ball away, and the Packers offense got big plays from young WRs to win its first real game of 2019. Ken's Note: Really? "Win it's first real game of 2019"? That's your lead? Here, let me help. The scores of practice games and whether you win or lose doesn't matter, only how whomever you had out there played.Detroit Lions WR Jermaine Kearse suffers broken leg in preseason opener vs. Patriots - Pride Of Detroit – The receiver left on the opening drive. Ken's Note: Injuries suck! Best wishes on a quick and complete recovery.IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRONCurl: Montgomery impresses and Fry gets a foot ahead in Bears 2019 NFL Preseason opener vs Carolina Panthers - Windy City Gridiro – Bears football is back and our furry friends are showing promise in a 23 to 13 "loss" to the Panthers in preseason opener.Wiltfong's Bears vs. Panthers Preseason 2019: Live Updates and Open Thread - Windy City Gridiron – The second half is underway...Bears vs. Panthers: What are you watching for tonight? - Windy City Gridiron – Bears’ fans, what will you be watching for in tonight’s game? We offer up a few poll questions for your game day enjoyment!WCG CONTRIBUTORS BEARS PODCASTS & STREAMSWindy City Gridiron Podcast Channel which includes Bear With Me from Robert Schmitz, Bears Over Beers featuring Jeff Berckes & EJ Snyder, and T Formation Conversation from Lester A. Wiltfong Jr.; Steven’s Streaming Twitch Channel from Steven Schweickert; and Robert Zeglinski’s The Blitz NetworkTHE RULESWindy City Gridiron Community Guidelines - - We strive to make our communities open and inclusive to sports fans of all backgrounds. The following is not permitted in comments. No personal attacks, politics, gender based insults of any kind, racial insults, etc.The Bear’s Den Specific Guidelines – The Bear’s Den is a place for Chicago Bears fans to discuss Chicago Bears football, related NFL stories, and general football talk. It is NOT a place to discuss religion or politics or post political pictures or memes. Unless otherwise stated, the Den is not an open thread, and profanity (including profanity only stated in pictures) is prohibited.Click on our names to follow us on Twitter:WCG Contributors: Jeff Berckes; Patti Curl; Eric Christopher Duerrwaechter;Kev H; Sam Householder; Jacob Infante; Aaron Lemming; Ken Mitchell; Steven Schweickert; Jack Silverstein; EJ Snyder; Lester Wiltfong Anthony Miller Jerseys Stitched , Jr.; Whiskey Ranger; Robert Schmitz; Robert Zeglinski; Like us on Facebook. In what has felt like an extremely quick season, the Chicago Bears find themselves heading into their final four games of the 2018 regular season.The good news? They are currently (8-4) and still hold a (1.5) game lead in the NFC North.The bad news? They are coming off a tough loss and now head back home to face an (11-1) Los Angeles Rams team that has been near impossible to beat.Much like their Week 11 meeting with the Minnesota Vikings (that also happened to be flexed into Sunday Night Football), this will be yet another good measuring stick for a team that is looking to go from worst to first in the matter of one season.The playoffs are coming quick and currently, the Bears are positioned very well. Even with a loss on Sunday, that still wouldn’t change. But it could make things a little more tight.With a big game on Sunday and plenty of cautious optimistic still in the air, let’s dive into Week 14’s mailbag.One could argue that Trey Burton’s lack of production over the past three games stems from a change at quarterback and that could be right. But even so, in Mitchell Trubisky’s last game against the Minnesota Vikings, Burton had just one catch for nine yards.Over his last three games, he has five catches for 37 yards and no touchdowns. While it’s not ideal, it’s also key to remember that the Bears offense features new primary pass catchers each week. Although I’m sure the quarterback situation has not helped, Taylor Gabriel has also seen peaks and valleys throughout the season as well.Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY SportsI really think that more than anything, the Bears have plenty of weapons on the offense, and from a week-to-week basis it will just feature different players. Don’t be surprised to see Burton’s production spike back up over the next few games. So the short answer here would be it’s the design of the system more than the players. It’s not likely something that will change any time soon in terms of sporadic production from skill players in this offense.This is a good question and one that is somewhat hard to answer right now. Even so, I’m leaning toward not picking up Leonard Floyd’s fifth-year option at the moment.That’s not because I don’t think he’s a player worth keeping around, but the price of this past year’s option for an edge rusher was $14.2 million for the 2015 draft class. That number will jump up slightly when looking at what Floyd will cost, so it will likely be over $15 million.A few things to keep in mind with this option. It only guarantees players that figure IF they get injured. So, it’s possible that they could opt to exercise that option and then pull it before next year’s free agency, if he’s healthy. The problem? 2018 would be the first year that he hasn’t finished the year on injured reserve Youth Sherrick McManis Jerseys , which makes picking up his option even more risky.If I were general manager Ryan Pace, I’d swallow my pride and roll the dice on Floyd by declining the option. Let him play out the final year of his rookie deal and assess the situation from there. He’s a valuable member of the defense, but heading into the final four games of the season, he has just two sacks. That doesn’t mean he’s been bad by any means, but you also don’t pay a non-sack artists that type of money, even for one season. Especially when you’ll likely have to work out some sort of team-friendly deal with Aaron Lynch in the coming months and have Khalil Mack making an average of $23.5 million-per-year.If the Bears finish the season on a (1-3) skid, it’s likely they’ll still make the playoffs. The problem? They’d likely be playing on the road to open up the wild card round and coming off a (1-4) stretch. That’s not exactly ideal on multiple accounts.I’d be very surprised if a (9-7) record won the Bears the division, which means they’d either be on the road against the Vikings or the winner of the NFC East (likely the Dallas Cowboys). That wouldn’t be a death sentence by any means, but like most teams, the Bears have played much better at home.My best guess is that one win in their final four games likely gets them the sixth seed and they would play Minnesota in back-to-back weekends on the road. Another situation the Bears simply don’t want to be in.With all of that being said, I still think it’s more than realistic to expect a (10-6) finish and a home playoff game. Whether or not that’s hosting the Vikings is a different story, but it would be a much more ideal scenario for them heading into the playoffs.I absolutely think that Jordan Howard is playing in his last few games with the Bears. I’m sure that some may still disagree, but I simply don’t feel like Howard is a good fit for this offense and have had that feeling dating back to March.I think it’s becoming pretty evident that the light isn’t just going to click on for this team’s current running game. I also don’t think all of the struggles in the running game have been on Howard, but I do think they could benefit from having a more athletic back.As far as potential replacements go, I would assume that a well-priced free agent and/or a mid round draft pick would do the trick. I’m not sure Le’Veon Bell makes a ton of sense, purely based on financial ramifications.They could choose to sign a more affordable free agent like Tevin Coleman or even a guy like Mark Ingram, but only time will tell on that. There are two things I’m pretty confident in: Howard being dealt this off-season and Bell not being a Bear.I wouldn’t expect Trubisky’s best game on Sunday night. That is for sure. Whether that’s rust, the Rams defense getting better with Aqib Talib back or even the big stage of Sunday Night Football.With that being said Sherrick McManis Jerseys Stitched , I do think that Trubisky’s health shouldn’t be a concern moving forward. Much like Allen Robinson and Mack a few weeks back, the Bears chose to play it safe, which means the second-year quarterback should be as close to 100% as one could be coming off an injury.The Rams have an excellent front seven. So the Bears will have their hands full, especially on the interior. Unlike Chase Daniel, Trubisky’s athleticism should play a big role on Sunday night’s game and should allow him to escape some of the pressure Wade Phillips and his unit will bring.The same as it did heading into the season. I’d be shocked if he was back next year. He’s been a healthy scratch more than he’s played and general manager Ryan Pace made it pretty evident they had little faith left when they choose to spend big resources on a trio of receivers this past off-season.It’s unfortunate for Kevin White, but at this point it’s time for the Bears to cut bait and move on.I’d still be surprised to see Vic Fangio actually land a head coaching job in the NFL, personally.Over the past few years, I have spoken with a few people that have all echo’ed the same thing. While Fangio is a very good coordinator, his personality and age don’t exactly make him a sexy head coaching candidate. Couple that with the league wanting offensive minded candidates and it doesn’t bode very well for him, period.By the off-chance he does land one of the many jobs that will be upcoming (good for him if he does), I’d assume that Todd Bowles and even Mike Pettine (pending his future in Green Bay) would be two primary candidates that have relationships with head coach Matt Nagy.Pettine was someone who was a prime candidate this past off-season if Fangio was not retained and it’s been well documented the type of relationship Bowles and Nagy have. The good news? The Bears have a ton of talent on the defensive side of the ball, even if Fangio leaves, either one of these two names should be able to come in and find similar results. I’d be very surprised if Trubisky didn’t play on Sunday night.At least the way it was explained to me and how Nagy has approached it during his press conferences is that they’ve had a plan all along. That plan has been that they’d rather be overly cautious (sitting him at 80-90% against the Giants) than rush him back.I do believe he could have played in Week 13 with a full week of practice, but the Bears made the decision much earlier that they wouldn’t even let him throw the ball until this past Friday. It’s a decision many will question and that’s totally understandable but even so, the plan appears to always have been having him back for this Sunday night.
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